Since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, various footballers from all over the planet have displayed their skill and talent in what is arguably the most competitive league in the world. We have seen a Dutch invasion, a French revolution and slew of talent from Africa and South America. However this time around it’s the Belgians that are having their time in the spotlight.
Last season in the Premier League, Belgium footballers were responsible for a total of more than 60 goals and over 40 assists. Only English players have surpassed this number due to the larger percentage of them in the top flight.
So who are these impact players? Let’s take a look at some Belgians who now ply their trade in the Premier League:
He has arguably provided more stability at the back for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool. His £9million pound transfer from Sunderland last season is sure to give this rising star a strong case for the number one position in net for club and country. With a few clean sheets under his belt this season, Liverpool just might have found the keeper they have been looking for.
Manchester City’s captain Kompany had a rise to fame in his native Belgium with local club RSC Anderlecht and then German side Hamburger SV. Later on Kompany would catch the eye of City. Ever since, he has been a formidable figure in the back. With over 155 appearances and seven goals to his name, the 27 year old is one of the best defenders in the world.
Other than Tottenham’s 3-0 loss at the weekend to West Ham United, Tottenham have conceded very few goals this season partly due to the quality of Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen. On BBC London 94.9 recently,Vertonghen stated “We have a lot of confidence. I think everybody can see we don’t concede a lot of goals.” For Tottenham supporters, that is sure to boost their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League at the end of this season.
The Belgian has had many injury woes the past couple of season, including a recent fatigue fracture. However Wenger stated that “He has gone through a difficult period but he is a great player, and will show that in the future now that he is completely fit and available.” Wenger went on to add, “He is fantastic, as a character and a player. Everyone is happy that he is back.” Belgian supporters are hoping Vermaelen can work his left footed magic in defense towards their efforts of qualifying for Brazil in 2014.